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Former Muslims debunk the 'myth of sameness'

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Issued by Christian Concern

 

News Release
For immediate release
01 August 2016

 

Book Details

Title: Not the Same God
Authors: Sam Solomon, Atif Debs
Publisher: Wilberforce Publications 

 

Former Muslims debunk the 'myth of sameness' 

Two former Muslims have used an important new book to challenge the politically convenient assertion that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, saying that the claim is "utterly false and without foundation".

In Not the Same God, published by Wilberforce Publications, former Islamic Jurist, Sam Solomon, and his co-author Atif Debs, who have both converted to Christianity, challenge the Qur'anic claim that the Allah of the Qur'an is the same as the God of the Bible ("our Allah and your Allah is one" - Surah 29:46), and show that the evidence simply doesn't support the assertion.
 

'Vast geopolitical ramifications'

The relevance of the book for current political and theological debate, is also highlighted in a foreword penned by Colin Dye, Senior Minister of Kensington Temple. He writes:

"All ideas have consequences and the Islamic teaching on sameness, if it continues to go unchallenged, will have vast geopolitical ramifications."

"We can bury our heads in the sand no longer. We must abandon any doctrine of sameness – if for no other reason than to begin to approach our Muslim friends and colleagues with the correct understanding of what Islam teaches, and not what we think it teaches."

"To be truly tolerant, every aspect of Muslim-Christian communication and relationship must be based on a correct understanding of one another’s claims and religious positions."
 

Knowable or not?

Solomon and Debs write that fundamental to the Qur’anic doctrine of Allah, is the assertion that: "There is nothing like Him (i.e. Allah)" (Surah 42:11).

The reference is understood by Islamic scholars to mean a complete rejection of any ‘likeness’, ‘image’, ‘partner’, or any form of direct revelation of Allah, rendering Allah fundamentally unknowable.

This, the authors say, contrasts sharply with the God of the Bible who is knowable and desires to be known. Indeed, he has created mankind in his ‘image’ and incarnated himself as a human being in order to reveal himself to mankind.
 

'Seriously corrupted' claim

Solomon and Debs also expose Qur’anic claims the Bible has been corrupted.

In full, Surah 29:46 says: "And do not argue with the People of the Book, except with means better than mere argument, unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong, but say ‘We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and to him we submit as Muslims.’"

The authors explain that in this verse "The Book" refers to the Bible, but the Qur’an teaches that the Bible has been seriously corrupted and originally contained many explicit prophecies of Muhammad by name. Islamic commentaries show that rather than affirming the sameness of Allah and the God of the Bible, this verse is actually saying that Allah is the same as the God of the alleged ‘original’ Bible which contained all the prophecies about Muhammad. Therefore, Islamic scholars would agree that Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible that we read today.”

Solomon and Debs conclude unequivocally: "Allah is not the Lord God of the Bible. The true God has revealed himself to humanity through his son and desires relationship with the people he created. This God is not Allah."

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